by Dan Gibson
As someone who has had all the jobs, I used to work at a local bowling center ages ago. It wasn't the worst experience as a whole as far as crappy low-paying service gigs go, but the worst part of every week was when it was the completely terrible "Cyberbowling" event. In the case of where I worked, that consisted of some discount disco lights and a VHS tape (and this was decidedly in the era of the DVD, I promise) of music videos provided by some national service. I've managed to black out most of the experience, but I do remember a back-to-back hit of Billy Squier and Third Eye Blind. It was not a pleasant experience.
So, as someone who enjoys bowling and doesn't hate my ears, the latest experiment by local DJ Herm to bring the music from his Saturday night gig at La Cocina to non-nightclub spaces is right up my alley (RIMSHOT). Tonight's the premiere of Pins and Needles, an all-ages event at Golden Pin Lanes from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. For $11, you get unlimited bowling (shoe rental included), Herm and special guest DJs will be playing "the dopest Hip Hop, Funk, Soul, Disco, House, Old School and Latin jams." Plus, there's a bar.
Also, as part of the monthly event, various groups from around town will be challenging each other in a charity bowling showdown. This month, it's the staff of Breakout Studios, the FC Tucson supporters club Cactus Pricks and the ladies of Black Cherry Burlesque. Should be a pretty good time, assuming you enjoy bowling and fun.